If you are in the market for a truck, you may be considering different engine options, weight configurations, and various other details that can be customized to fit your needs. One detail that is often overlooked when buying or maintaining a truck is the axle and how it works with the vehicle. There are many different rear axle designs to choose from so understanding each design and what it offers is essential when figuring out which one best suits your needs. In general there are three major types of rear axles on trucks: a leaf spring suspension, rigid axle suspension and independent suspension. The leaf springs design (or open) will typically offer greater stability but less comfort than the rigid axle or independent designs.
Your truck’s rear axle can provide great flexibility when it comes to carrying heavy loads. If you use your truck for construction or another heavy-duty hauling, you know that one size does not fit all, especially when it comes to weight. In this situation, you may need to upgrade your rear axle with an axle reducer and heavy-duty brakes so that the truck can do its job while running smoothly.